WASHINGTON. The mainstream media maintains that when it wants answers to troubling questions, it has the investigative resources necessary to ferret out the truth. That was not the case when it came to uncovering the truth behind the Obama administration’s gun sales to Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa drug cartel in Operation Fast and Furious. Or the recent Russia collusion hoax. In fact, the Pulitzer committee awarded The New York Times its top journalism award for the newspaper’s false coverage of the latter. But when it comes to a Deep Fake Video? Not so much.
Getting to the bottom of a Facebook meme
But the media claims its investigative prowess proved pivotal in uncovering the identity of the person behind an alleged video prank. A man whose digital joke questions the seriousness of a political party comprised of the unserious. But more on that later.
The story begins with videos surfacing on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube that paints a top Democrat as a horse’s ass. Videos allegedly showing what appears to be a tipsy Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sputtering incoherently to incoherent lefties at the Center for American Progress.
As the Washington Post’s technology reporter Drew Harwell ominously noted:
“Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she’s drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly across social media, highlighting how political disinformation that clouds public understanding can now grow at the speed of the Web.”
The videos were, according to unreliable fake-news reports, allegedly altered in speed and pitch to produce the effect that Pelosi had tied one on before speaking.
Clownish impeachment Democrats
So, what is it about this alleged digital spoof that has the fake-news media so alarmed about “distorted” information coming at the expense of Pelosi’s pride?
“The video of Pelosi’s onstage speech Wednesday at the Center for American Progress event, in which she said President Trump’s refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations was tantamount to a ‘coverup,’ was subtly edited to make her voice sound garbled and warped. It then circulated widely across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook,” said the Post.
And as they say, “laughter is contagious.”
No one was laughing louder than President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
CNBC’s Lauren Feiner feared Giuliani’s tweet called into question “Pelosi’s competence and mental state.” Giuliani eventually deleted the post.
“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one:
‘Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” ~ Voltaire
The meme heard ‘round the world
But the Pelosi videos were already global news. The headline in the Irish Times read:
Britain’s Independent screamed:
The Times of Israel chimed:
Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert from the University of California at Berkeley, told the Washington Post,
“While I think that deep fake technology poses a real threat, this type of low-tech fake shows that there is a larger threat of misinformation campaigns – too many of us are willing to believe the worst in people that we disagree with.”
It’s clear the MSM is concerned by those making light of the laughable drive by Capitol Hill Democrat’s to impeach President Trump. A man whose only “crime” was defeating their tragically damaged presidential candidate of 2016, Hillary Clinton.
The allegedly altered videos have clearly disrupted the media’s impeachment narrative. A shift in focus that questions the mental sobriety of Democrats intent on removing from office a president cleared of colluding with Russia. One also cleared of obstructing witch-hunt investigations stemming from the absurd charge.
Altered or unaltered?
You may have noticed my reference to the Pelosi videos as “allegedly altered.” That’s because our media has so consistently lied over the past two years about a plot by Donald Trump and his campaign to steal the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Moscow. A former CIA director, now a paid consultant for fake-news cable network MSNBC, even called the president “treasonous.”
If the media lied about Trump/Russia collusion, what’s to say they’re telling the truth regarding “doctored” videos showing Pelosi to be a word-slurring inebriant? Are we to take the word of fake-news outlets as the truth?
Liars hunt for a liar
It’s clear the media certainly doesn’t think so. And that is why they felt obliged to hunt down the Pelosi video creator in an effort to besmirch his reputation to a level lower than their own. It’s a process known as doxxing, or the online publishing of a person’s personal information for malicious purposes.
Enter the Daily Beast. Its Kevin Poulsen boasted under the headline, “We Found the Guy Behind the Viral ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Video,”
“On May 22, a Donald Trump superfan and occasional sports blogger from the Bronx named Shawn Brooks posted a video clip of Nancy Pelosi on his personal Facebook page. The clip showed Pelosi… stammering during a press conference… Brooks’ commentary on the video was succinct: ‘Is Pelosi drunk?’”
The Facebook page called “Politics WatchDog” is described by The Daily Beast as a “hyperpartisan news operation Brooks runs.”
The implication baked into that sentence is that The Daily Beast is not, as The New York Times and others maintain, a “hyperpartisan news organization.”
Enter Shawn Brooks
Brooks denies he edited and posted the Pelosi videos. But a Facebook “official,” breaking his company’s privacy policies, divulged that six such Facebook pages “were controlled by Brooks,” wrote The Daily Beast’s very white Kevin Poulsen.
Brooks has received multiple lawyers offers to help sue The Daily Beast, Facebook, and CNN.
On his GoFundMe page, Brooks says:
“I’m looking at my options for possible legal action against anyone who was associated in publishing that inaccurate trash article about me, misquoting me and accusing me of being the creator of the Speaker Pelosi video that went viral.”
Brooks’ GoFundMe page sets its fundraising goal at $10,000. As of this writing, it has raised $8,643. All of it received in one day. But Brooks admits he’s really “not aware of the legal costs because I’m still in discussions with lawyers. That was just a number I set.”
Brooks’ denials seem more credible than the insane sexual allegations leveled at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by the wild-eyed Christine Blasey Ford. And the media’s reporting, especially after two years of fake Trump/Russia collusion stories, makes Brooks more believable. More believable than, say, CNN White House correspondent and resident asshat, Jim Acosta.
And so, our biased, Trump-deranged, fake-news media finds itself in a credibility war with online, deepfake memes.
This hysterical turn of events proves the wisdom of Albert Einstein’s words:
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
Top Image: Screen captures of Nancy Pelosi Facebook video meme and Shawn Brooks.